Chin Surgery (MENTOPLASTY).

Mentoplasty is surgery to correct the shape, size or position of the chin, whether by enlarging it or reducing it to enhance facial harmony.


Men or women 18 years of age or over whose chins are too small or weak (receding chin) or too large or prominent (jutting chin), leading to overall facial imbalance.

Preoperative Period

During the first visit and based on a clinical study, the surgeon will analyze the facial bone structure and, in particular, the structure of the mandible (lower jawbone) and chin, as well as the maxilla (upper jawbone) and position of the teeth.

At the same time, he or she will assess the condition of the skin (elasticity, turgor and fat tissue).
The surgeon will likewise interview the patient to establish his or her needs and advise him or her on the best technique, the most suitable type of implant and the results that can be achieved.

Surgical Technique

The surgery is performed in an operating room, usually under local anesthesia and sedation and, in some cases, under general anesthesia.

The procedure consists of making two lateral incisions inside the mouth behind the lower lip to detach the tissue that covers the jawbone and create a suitably large pocket in which to place the implant (different types of materials are used for these implants, but the most common is silicon). Once the implant has been placed in this pocket, the incisions are closed with absorbable stitches.

Postoperative Period

Usually mentoplasty does not require hospitalization except in very specific cases.

Once the procedure has been completed, the patient can return home with the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications prescribed by the specialist and his or her indications.

For the first few days discomfort, inflammation of the face and headaches are normal. These can be relieved with medication and the use of cold compresses.

The patient will be able to resume his or her everyday activities relatively quickly, in approximately two days; however, full recovery requires at least two weeks.

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